See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. [Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.]
I played ball, soaked up some warm sunshine, sang praises to God with a group of about 15 while the painters next door listened, talked to children about Jesus, ate snacks, held my Bible, talked with parents, talked to the UPS driver, talked to the postman, thought about what it means to treasure God above all things, prayed with a team of mothers for their children and neighborhood children, strained my back helping a child learn to ride a bike, learned how to demonstrate the fruit of patience among children by watching my sisters in the Lord love their children, prayed with a few boys and drove home exhausted with a quiet joy in my heart. I had just experienced day two of a five-day Backyard Bible Club at a friend’s house last summer.
I have another story to tell, but won’t do so in this article. Let me just say this: Lisa and I hosted a BYBC at our home and it would definitely not make the list in terms of observable success. What it did do however, by God’s grace, was to help us both be a little more courageous for Jesus in our neighborhood. You know what? There is a special joy set aside for such ministry.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:14–16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven”. We can do this because His grace is sufficient for it (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Perhaps this summer is the summer that you would host a BYBC in your backyard. I am always looking for a club or two to join—maybe it would be your club. How cool would that be—talking about God, His Son Jesus and the gospel to children together in a backyard during the summer? Now you are talking!
For resources or information about this ministry contact Julie Norris (612-338-7653 x481).
May God grant favor to this good work in the upcoming months.